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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 26, 2013 9:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Weir cowboy 2 shots . Why ?

Has anyone ever read why they decided to start dong the two Weir cowboy tunes in a row ? I took a glance at my old Dead Base and saw that it was started at the 10/15/77 Dallas show . This is in the middle of a tour, in the last of 3 Texas shows; not something cooked up on a break . They do this for the rest of the year, but oddly , the last 3 shows of the year, at Winterland, they go back to one at a time . Then, starting in 78, the doubles are the rule for the rest of the band's history (I have not looked at every version of these songs, feel free to point out exceptions ).
Was this to because they were short and Bob felt cheated, compared to Garcia's mostly longer songs ? Was this to give Jerry more time out vocally . Was it the musical similarity, and thus the double cowboy punch .
These cowboy couplets, eventually became a little perfunctory , but not when they first came up with these pairings .So any one ?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Apr 27, 2013 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Weir cowboy 2 shots . Why ?

I thought you were referring to MAMU/Mexicali - then looked up what you're talking about - Mama Tried / Big River...

Can't answer definitively of course, but I think you touched on it - musical similarity. Easy transition from one to the next, same two-step rhythm, and a very easy transition musically from A major to D major - the chords are basic to each key. I also feel that sometimes Garcia wanted to get these tunes "out of the way", so to speak, and move on to more important songs of their own. The cowboy songs are more expendable, little rest stops in the show between headier material.

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Poster: huntr Date: Apr 27, 2013 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Weir cowboy 2 shots . Why ?

it gives the ambien has a chance to kick in...

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Apr 27, 2013 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Weir cowboy 2 shots . Why ?

they are like ambien kicking in...

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Apr 27, 2013 7:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Weir cowboy 2 shots . Why ?

Not all Me & My Uncle versions are created the same, the original John Phillips, the John Denver Wildlife Concert and Joni Mitchell's 1965 are interesting interpretations of this lil cowboy ditty-tale ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp3lJg07u4w

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Poster: RJ_Squirrel Date: Apr 27, 2013 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Weir cowboy 2 shots . Why ?

Bigger audiences = longer lines for bathroom breaks

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Apr 27, 2013 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Weir cowboy 2 shots . Why ?

Because the Grateful Dead became a formula band. I'm always amazed at how wowed people get sometimes when they discover a show that has this or that tune in an unusual slot. It's about pacing.